The power of social media is undeniable. It can work against people — reports of online bullying and negative publicity are always in the news — but it can also help us support a cause. The ALS promotion that swept social channels in the summer of 2014 is a great example of the power of social media.
Be the Happy
The 356 Days of Happiness Challenge, a recent social media phenomenon, encourages you to post one photo a day of something that made/makes you happy that day. It could be of a surprise coffee left on your desk by a coworker, hitting the gym, chilling with friends or even just a night in with Game of Thrones reruns.
The idea of the 365 Days of Happiness Challenge was expanded from the social media experiment, #100HappyDays. That challenge came about as a way to reconnect people to their lives. According to the 100HappyDays website, “71 percent of people tried to complete this challenge, but failed quoting lack of time as the main reason.” If we can’t take the time to recognize and pursue our happiness, we might run into some real issues.
I’ve found that a goal like this helps to keep your daily mindset positive and, at the end of the day, you’ve got a pretty happy (if not totally content) life. When your day is going to hell and everything goes wrong — which it will, usually in threes, when the first thing goes wrong watch out for two more. In times like these think of one moment, just one, that made you smile that day. I had a particularly rough patch a few weeks ago and this challenge reminded me that life will continue, the clock continues ticking regardless of how you feel at that moment, and if you’ve committed to recognizing happiness it will make you feel better. Your family and friends will always be there to hold your hand, encourage you, bother you and tell you to keep your chin up…
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